Advent

Advent Calendar 2015 - Diocese of Toledo

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Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

Interactive Advent Calendar - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


Blessing of an Advent Wreath

The use of the Advent Wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. The blessing of an Advent Wreath takes place on the First Sunday of Advent or on the evening before the First Sunday of Advent.

When the blessing of the Advent Wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family.

For more information, visit www.usccb.org.


Jesse Tree

A "Jesse Tree" is another tradition your family can include in your Advent observance, especially if you have young children. A Jesse Tree depicts the relationship of Jesus with Jesse and other biblical figures who were the ancestors of Jesus.

Information and downloadable ornaments

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS
Bishop Daniel Thomas will gather with the priests of the Diocese on Monday afternoon, November 30, 2015, at Our Lady of Consolation Basilica and National Shrine, Carey, for a DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS. With the beginning of Advent and the Year of Mercy approaching (Dec.8), this gathering will provide a unique and timely opportunity to nurture priestly identity, fraternity, and unity. Bishop Thomas has invited Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, NC, to be the spiritual director for the day, which will include prayer, spiritual reflection, Eucharistic Adoration, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Penance. The day will conclude with the priests having supper together.

Please pray for Bishop Thomas and the priests of our Diocese, as well for Bishop Burbidge, that this Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests will bear fruit for our priests in holiness of life and in their service to the Lord and His Church. Pray that our priests will be faithful and compassionate ministers of God’s mercy as we all prepare to celebrate the Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis.


The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century.  In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News.  Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.

Festival of Lessons and Carols


Lectio Divina / Eucharistic Adoration
featuring contemporary adoration music
7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church
4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo

On Tuesday, December 1, members of the community will have the opportunity to help thousands of people throughout northwest Ohio by giving a little hope. With your help, we can shine the light of Christ for those suffering from homelessness and hunger in northwest and north central Ohio.

#GivingTuesdayNWO in Toledo

We invite you to join us in making a difference here in northwest Ohio by giving a gift on #GivingTuesday. Catholic Charities has the opportunity to receive matching grants for up to $1000 from the Toledo Community Foundation for donations made on Dec. 1.  To make a donation, please go to catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/make-a-donation-online-to-catholic-charities.

Richland Gives in Mansfield

Looking to help your neighbors in Richland County? By giving a gift on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to Catholic Charities on richlandgives.razoo.com, you will help thousands of men, women and children who come through our doors in Mansfield seeking groceries for their families, emergency services through a life crisis, adult guardianship for the elderly and more.


CCMT #GivingTuesdayNWO
DONATE-A-DESK EVENT


Advent Penance Service
7:00 p.m.

St. Aloysius Catholic Church
Corner of Clough & Summit Street, Bowling Green


Refresh Your Spirit Day
OUR PATHWAY TO LIFE

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420

John the Baptist proclaimed a pathway for the Lord.  During this Advent season, we reflect on our own pilgrimage through life and our personal transformations.  We, too, proclaim a pathway “to and with” others leading to a deepening of our faith and a journey to fullness “in and with” the whole Body of Christ.

Cost: $25.00 (includes morning snack and lunch)  Registration requested.

Click here for more information and registration.


Advent Penance Service
6:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Hope Church
320 Stump Pike Road, Attica OH

Changing customs, especially in connection with preparation for Christmas, have diminished popular appreciation of the Advent season. Something of a holiday mood of Christmas appears now to be anticipated in the days of the Advent season. As a result, this season has unfortunately lost in great measure the role of penitential preparation for Christmas that it once had.

Read more about the importance of penance during the Advent season by clicking here.

Celebrating Advent as a Family

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:  “Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment… But we cannot pray ‘at all times’ if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it” (CCC 2697). We come before the Lord with a desire for ‘a new heart’ when we find time for prayer throughout our day. The Church invites us to pray in many different ways.  We can recite the Rosary, pray the liturgy of the hours, learn about the lives of the saints, celebrate the liturgical year through feast days, lift up our hearts in song or silence, and above all participate in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. If we take time to pray at ‘specific times’, our home will be filled with prayer at ‘all times’.

Read the rest of this article by clicking here.


Theology on Tap Christmas Party
7:00 p.m.

Most Blessed Sacrament Parish
2240 Castlewood Dr. in the O'Toole Room

Ages 21-39ish

Ugly Sweaters recommended but not required.
Games and fun provided.
BYOBeverage and a snack/dessert to share if you like.

Advent Day of Recollection:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

St. Thomas More University Parish
425 Thurstin Avenue, Bowling Green


Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:30 pm

Location:
Appold Planetarium
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania OH 43560 US

The Mystery of the Christmas Star returns this holiday season to the Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. During the stunning show, guests will journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.

The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe. Guests will also see how signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Admissions prices for Mystery of the Christmas Star are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Contact: Dr. Laura Megeath
E-mail
Phone: 419-517-8897

In case of bad weather, please call the Appold Planetarium at 419-517-8897 for information regarding cancellations.

Second Sunday of Advent

Including a celebration of the appararitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church
1119 West Bancroft Street, Toledo 43606
10:30 a.m.

Celebrant: Reverend Thomas Florek

"El Corazon de Mexico" Ballet Folklorico Dance Group


Live Nativity

Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem and rediscover the wonder of Christmas!

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

On the campus of the St. Francis community, 200 St. Francis Avenue, Tiffin OH

Click here for more information


Afternoon of Grace
Eucharistic Exposition/Benediction with the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Epiphany of the Lord Parish - Sacred Heart Campus
509 Oswald Street, Toledo


Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas, the original “Santa Claus”. Read about him here.

Make a Christmas gift list that includes fair trade items to support our brothers and sisters in developing countries and in the United States.

www.crsfairtrade.org


Lectio Divina / Eucharistic Adoration
featuring traditional adoration music
7:15 p.m.

St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church
4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo

Jubilee of Mercy

Year of Mercy Diocesan page

"Merciful Like the Father"

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all. 


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A Holy Day of Obligation  

On December 8th, the Church observes the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates the fact that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in order to be a most perfect vessel for the Savior, was herself conceived without original sin. This original sin, described metaphorically in the book of Genesis, is the essential brokenness that comes with being human. It’s the fallen part of our nature that leads us into actual sin.

Learn more by visiting http://www.foryourmarriage.org/the-immaculate-conception/

Advent Penance Service
6:15 p.m.

St. Gaspar del Bufalo Catholic Church
16209 East County Road, Bellevue

The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.

Church Teaching and the Works of Mercy

ADVENT OVERNIGHT RETREAT
Waiting in Joyful Hope
Friday/ Saturday
December 11-12, 2015
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420

Begins with Dinner at 5:30pm Friday and ends  at 3:00pm on Saturday

“Waiting in Joyful Hope” is the phrase that rings in our hearts during Advent season.  But in our longing we may come to realize that it is really God who waits for us in the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas.  Come away for an on overnight and let yourself rest in the quiet of this Advent retreat, while we listen together to the gentle whispers of Emmanuel, God with us.

Cost:  $90.00(includes overnight and 3 meals)

Click here for more information and registration.


The Diocese of Toledo and the Office of Hispanic Ministries and Multi‐Cultural Ministries

CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Saturday, December 12, 2015  

OUR LADY, QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL
2535 COLLINGWOOD BLVD., TOLEDO OH 43610

7:00 a.m.    –    Las Mañanitas (Serenade) with Mariachi   
 9:00 a.m.   –    Holy Rosary (Bilingual)
 9:45 a.m.   –    Breakfast
11:15 a.m.   –    Start of the Procession
12:00 p.m.   –    Solemn Celebration of the Eucharist (with Mariachi); Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo, celebrant

KINDLY BRING YOUR GUADALUPE BANNER AND STAND FOR THE PROCESSION

Reception immediately following Mass in the Monsignor Bernard Smith Auditorium, located across the parking lot from the Cathedral. During the reception, enjoy the performance of Mariachi Band and “El Corazón de México” Ballet Folklorico

JOIN US IN THIS CELEBRATION AS WE HONOR OUR LADY!

For more information, kindly phone the Office of Hispanic Ministries at 419-244-6711 ext. 714.

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La Diócesis de Toledo Y La Oficina de Ministerios Hispano te invitan a nuestra Celebración Diocesana para Honrar a

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Sábado, 12 de diciembre

LA CELEBRACIÓN SE LLEVARÁ A CABO EN:

LA CATEDRAL DE NUESTRA SEÑORA REINA DEL SANTÍSIMO ROSARIO
2535 COLLINGWOOD BLVD., TOLEDO OH 43610

  • 7:00 a.m.    –    Las Mañanitas con Mariachi   
  • 9:00 a.m.    –    Santo Rosario (Bilingüe)
  • 9:45 a.m.    –    Desayuno
  • 11:15 a.m.     –    Se inicia la Procesión
  • 12:00 p.m.    –    Solemne Celebración Eucarística presidida por el Revmo. Obispo Daniel E. Thomas

POR FAVOR TRAIGAN SUS ESTANDARTES PARA LA PROCESIÓN

Recepción Inmediatamente después de la Santa Misa.

Durante la recepción, disfruter de la actuación del Mariachi y "El Corazón de México" Ballet Folklórico

¡ÚNETE A NOSOTROS EN ESTA CELEBRACIÓN Y DÉMOSLE GRACIAS A NUESTRA MADRE!

Para más información, llame a la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano al 419-244-6711 ext. 714


Advent: Waiting with Mary

Come away to ponder with Mary as we prepare for the coming of Jesus

9:00 a.m. to 12 or 1:00 p.m.
Sign-in and Gathering at 8:30 a.m.

St. Francis Spirituality Center
200 St. Francis Ave. Tiffin, OH 44883
Greccio Room

A Mini-Retreat including:

  • Prayer
  • Presentation
  • Reflection
  • Ritual
  • Optional Sharing

You are welcome to stay for the noon meal.

Mini-Retreat only: $10
Mini-Retreat and dinner: $20

Registration form


Advent by Candlelight
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sorrowful Mother Shrine cafeteria.

There will be light hors d'oeuvres and a reflection on the revelations of St. Bridget.  A great way to prepare for the coming of Christ!  Confession at 3:00 p.m. and Mass at 4:00 p.m. are also available that day. The Shrine is located 6 miles south of Bellevue on Highway 269. For questions or to reserve your seat, call the Gift Shop at 419-483-3435 ext. 6. 


Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:30 pm

Location:
Appold Planetarium
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania OH 43560 US

The Mystery of the Christmas Star returns this holiday season to the Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. During the stunning show, guests will journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.

The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe. Guests will also see how signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Admissions prices for Mystery of the Christmas Star are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Contact: Dr. Laura Megeath
E-mail
Phone: 419-517-8897

In case of bad weather, please call the Appold Planetarium at 419-517-8897 for information regarding cancellations.

Third Sunday of Advent
Rite of the Opening of the Holy Door of Mercy

Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas
Bishop of Toledo
Principal celebrant and Homilist

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
Toledo, Ohio

December 13, 2015
10:00 a.m.


Christmas Carol Sing

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral − 3:00 p.m.

Cathedral Choir
Paul Monachino, director

Come and sing favorite Christmas carols in the splendor of Rosary Cathedral accompanied by the Skinner organ, choir and brass ensemble. The fading daylight filters through stained glass as the cathedral is filled with the joyful sounds of Christmas!


Afternoon of Grace
Eucharistic Exposition/Benediction with the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Epiphany of the Lord Parish - St. Thomas Aquinas Campus
729 White Street, Toledo


Advent Penance Service

3:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Church
36 Melmore Street, Tiffin


Lights of Christmas at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine
 
The Sorrowful Mother Shrine (4106 State Route 269, 6 miles South of Bellevue) in Bellevue invites you to experience a quiet and reflective evening at our beautiful Shrine campus.

The Outdoor Pieta Chapel has been decorated for the Christmas Season as well as other areas throughout the Shrine woods. The entire woods is lighted and accessible at night. The beauty of the Shrine woods at night, holiday decorations and the sound of Christmas music playing from the Chapel tower all come together to provide a great family evening at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine.

Beginning December 13, 2015, the Outdoor Pieta Chapel and the Woods will be open daily until 9:30 p.m. running through January 3, 2016.


Carey Ecumenical Choir Christmas Concert
4:30 PM
The choir marks the 44th year of presenting the musical program at the shrine.

Our Lady of Consolation
315 Clay St., Carey, OH

Advent and Christmas Celebrations and Customs around the World


Advent Day of Grace & Penance Service

10:00 am - 10:00 p.m, Confession every hour on the hour with Penance Service at 9:00 p.m.

St. Thomas More University Parish Church
425 Thurstin Avenue, Bowling Green

Prayer Service and Tree Lighting Ceremony
TREE OF HOPE
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
7:00 PM
Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center
1250 Tiffin Street, Fremont, OH 43420

During the prayer service the names of those being remembered or recognized will be read, followed by the lighting of the outdoor tree.

For a light on the “Tree of Hope” and inclusion in our prayer listing please complete the form attached here.

Homemade cookies, coffee and cocoa will be served.

Latin American Practices and Traditions

In popular culture, the Latin American peoples have overtime developed some practices and traditions that also reflect this preparation for Christmas.

Some examples are the "Novenas" and "Posadas." Christmas Novenas are prayers repeated in the nine evenings before Christmas Day. Colombians, for instance, celebrate "Novenas de Aguinaldo." Every night they remember some event in the history of salvation and every night they hope to get an "aguinaldo" or gift, as a symbol of God who gives us his Son.

You can read more about these traditions by clicking here.

Give the gift of hope - Put your faith to work.

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One Hour for the Christ Child

On Saturday December 19 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. the pro-life community of Northwest Ohio will be gathering on the sidewalk of Capitol Care abortion facility to pray in honor of the Christ Child whose coming we celebrate this Christmas.

We’ll gather at Capital Care, 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, Ohio beginning at 12:30 p.m. Join us for an hour of peaceful prayer as we bring the light of Christ Jesus to move the hearts and minds of all present to a deeper appreciation of the dignity of human life.

If you have any questions, contact Respect Life Program Coordinator Peter Range.


Mystery of the Christmas Star
7:30 pm

Location:
Appold Planetarium
6832 Convent Blvd
Sylvania OH 43560 US

The Mystery of the Christmas Star returns this holiday season to the Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. During the stunning show, guests will journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.

The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe. Guests will also see how signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Admissions prices for Mystery of the Christmas Star are $5 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

Contact: Dr. Laura Megeath
E-mail
Phone: 419-517-8897

In case of bad weather, please call the Appold Planetarium at 419-517-8897 for information regarding cancellations.

Afternoon of Grace
Eucharistic Exposition/Benediction with the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Epiphany of the Lord Church - St. Stephen Campus
1880 Genesee Street, Toledo


"EXPERIENCE an EPIPHANY" CHRISTMAS!

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Epiphany of the Lord Parish - St. Stephen Campus
1880 Genesee Street, Toledo

The newly formed EPIPHANY OF THE LORD CHOIR will offer the public a brief "preview" of our sacred hymns and music planned for Midnight Mass and the Christmas Season! The final portion of this program will be a caroling/sing-along for all in attendance. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and "Experience and Epiphany" Christmas!

Advent Penance Service

4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sts. Peter & Paul Church
736 South St. Clair Street, Toledo


Taize Prayer
7:00 p.m. in the Chapel

St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church
4201 Heatherdowns Boulevard, Toledo

Blessing of a Christmas Tree

The use of the Christmas tree is relatively modern. Its origins are found in the medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. According to custom, the Christmas tree is set up just before Christmas and may remain in place until the Solemnity of Epiphany. The lights of the tree are illuminated after the prayer of blessing.

In the home the Christmas tree may be blessed by a parent or another family member, in connection with the evening meal on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time on Christmas Day.

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Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

In its present form the custom of displaying figures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ owes its origin to St. Francis of Assisi, who made the Christmas crèche or manger for Christmas Eve of 1223.

The blessing of the Christmas manger or nativity scene may take place on the Vigil of Christmas or at another suitable time.

When the manger is set up in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another family member.

Learn more

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Schedule

Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be the celebrant and homilist at all of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral (2535 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo).  

The Holy Day of Christmas  is a very special occasion for Catholics in the Diocese of Toledo. All are welcome to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord at Rosary Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese.

Vigil Mass of the Nativity of the Lord
4 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2015

Mass at Night of the Nativity of the Lord
Midnight Friday, December 25, 2015
(Carols begin at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, December 24)

Mass of the Nativity of the Lord
10 a.m. Friday, December 25, 2015